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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI GeForce GTX 970 EVGA ACX 2.0 4GB Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 34% 6%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 34% 6%
Cyberpunk 2077 9% 46%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 70% 51%
Need For Speed Heat 34% 6%
The Outer Worlds 45% 12%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 9% 46%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 38% 1%
Borderlands 3 30% 12%
FIFA 20 65% 44%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 EVGA ACX 2.0 4GB Edition.

The GTX 970 has a 90 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the GTX 970. This results in the GTX 970 providing 9.4 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 970 has a 90 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 970 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 970 providing 5 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

Both the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI and the GeForce GTX 970 EVGA ACX 2.0 4GB Edition were released at the same time, so are likely to be quite similar.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The GTX 970 has 4096 MB more video memory than the GTX 970, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 970 also has superior memory performance overall.

The memory bandwidth of the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI and the GeForce GTX 970 EVGA ACX 2.0 4GB Edition are the same, which means the GTX 970 and the GTX 970 have equal limitations when it comes to graphical data transfer.

The GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI has 3328 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 970 EVGA ACX 2.0 4GB Edition has 1664. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 970 is 5746 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 970 is 2646. The GTX 970 having 3100 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 970 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 970.

The GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI requires 296 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 970 EVGA ACX 2.0 4GB Edition requires 148 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 700 Watts for the GTX 970 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 970. The GTX 970 requires 148 Watts more than the GTX 970 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 970 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 970.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Grand Theft Auto V

82.3 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

51.6 FPS

The Witcher III

104.5 FPS

The Witcher III

65.5 FPS

Crysis 3

123.6 FPS

Crysis 3

77.5 FPS

Just Cause 4

86.6 FPS

Just Cause 4

54.3 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

75.3 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

47.2 FPS

Borderlands 3

62.7 FPS

Borderlands 3

39.3 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

76.6 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

48 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

101.4 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

63.5 FPS

Battlefield 1

130.7 FPS

Battlefield 1

82 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

96.3 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

60.3 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

82.1 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

51.5 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

58.5 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

36.6 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

81.6 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

51.2 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

97.1 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

60.9 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

60.8 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

234.1 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

146.8 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

59.8 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

37.5 FPS

Metro: Exodus

42.6 FPS

Far Cry 5

108.4 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

131.7 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

82.6 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

62.5 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

39.2 FPS

Battlefield V

130.3 FPS

Battlefield V

81.7 FPS

The Division 2

77.1 FPS

The Division 2

48.3 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

104.4 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

65.4 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

59.8 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

37.5 FPS

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

142.5 FPS

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

89.3 FPS

Gears 5

65.8 FPS

Gears 5

41.2 FPS

Control

54.8 FPS

Control

34.4 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

83.3 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

52.2 FPS

F1 2019

118.4 FPS

F1 2019

74.2 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

77.8 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

48.8 FPS

The Witcher III

42 FPS

Crysis 3

56.4 FPS

Just Cause 4

37 FPS

Borderlands 3

59.4 FPS

Borderlands 3

37.3 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

42.7 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

26.8 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

118.4 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

74.2 FPS

Battlefield 1

99.8 FPS

Battlefield 1

62.6 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

60.1 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

37.7 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

42.8 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

26.8 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

74.5 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

46.7 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

79.9 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

50.1 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

109.4 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

68.6 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

59.4 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

37.3 FPS

Metro: Exodus

28.9 FPS

Far Cry 5

102.4 FPS

Far Cry 5

64.2 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

77 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

48.3 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

47.7 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

29.9 FPS

Battlefield V

100.1 FPS

Battlefield V

62.8 FPS

The Division 2

81.6 FPS

The Division 2

51.2 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

74.5 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

46.7 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

52.8 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

33.1 FPS

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

99.7 FPS

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

62.5 FPS

Gears 5

56.7 FPS

Gears 5

35.6 FPS

Control

32.9 FPS

Control

20.6 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

81.4 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

51.1 FPS

F1 2019

94.3 FPS

F1 2019

59.1 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

30.4 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

19.1 FPS

The Witcher III

45.9 FPS

The Witcher III

28.8 FPS

Crysis 3

38.7 FPS

Crysis 3

24.3 FPS

Just Cause 4

29.9 FPS

Just Cause 4

18.8 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

33.3 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

20.9 FPS

Borderlands 3

14.6 FPS

Borderlands 3

9.1 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

45.8 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

28.7 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

30.4 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

19.1 FPS

Battlefield 1

61.2 FPS

Battlefield 1

38.4 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

35.1 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

22 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

38 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

23.8 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

27 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

16.9 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

38.5 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

24.1 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

33.4 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

21 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

37.1 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

23.2 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

61.2 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

38.4 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

28.6 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

17.9 FPS

Metro: Exodus

24.7 FPS

Metro: Exodus

15.5 FPS

Far Cry 5

36.5 FPS

Far Cry 5

22.9 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

45.6 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

28.6 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

20.8 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

13.1 FPS

Battlefield V

60.1 FPS

Battlefield V

37.7 FPS

The Division 2

33.5 FPS

The Division 2

21 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

56.7 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

35.6 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

29.4 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

18.4 FPS

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

49.3 FPS

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

30.9 FPS

Gears 5

25.3 FPS

Gears 5

15.9 FPS

Control

16.4 FPS

Control

10.3 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

43.6 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

27.3 FPS

F1 2019

52.6 FPS

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1140 MHzvs1050 MHz
Boost Clock1279 MHzvs1178 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-200-A1Maxwell GM204-200-A1
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date19 Sep 2014vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768 - vs green tick
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1600x900
10
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1920x1080
10
green tick vs
9.9
2560x1440
9.8
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7.4
3840x2160
7.5
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5.6

GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth224.4GB/secvs224.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 1792 KB green tick vs green tick 1792 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units3328vs1664
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units104vs104
Texture Rate118.6 GTexel/svs109.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units56vs56
Pixel Rate63.8 GPixel/svs58.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)5120x3200vs5120x3200
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power296 Wattsvs148 Watts
Recommended PSU700 Watts & 51 Ampsvs500 Watts & 30 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.1vs12.1
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs2560x1440

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe SLI setup of GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition.Overview
GeForce GTX 970 EVGA ACX 2.0 4GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's high-end GeForce GTX 970 4GB created by EVGA. It features a new Cooling Solution but no overclocking out of the box. Read below to know more.

Overclock Out of The Box
The Clock Frequencies of both Central Unit and Operating Memory Clock Remain the Same.

Cooling Solution
The reference NVIDIA Single-Fan Cooling System has been replaced by EVGA's Dual Fan Cooling Solution. This means the card runs cooler under load.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 1% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 970 4GB.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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